Golden State Warriors: Top 20 Draft Picks in History

March 23, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; 1975 NBA Championship Golden State Warriors team members Clifford Ray (left), Rick Barry (center), and Jamaal Wilkes (right) address the media in a press conference before the game between the Warriors and the Washington Wizards at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
March 23, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; 1975 NBA Championship Golden State Warriors team members Clifford Ray (left), Rick Barry (center), and Jamaal Wilkes (right) address the media in a press conference before the game between the Warriors and the Washington Wizards at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /
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3. Rick Barry

As we get closer to crowning the best draft pick in Warriors history, there is a solid argument for everyone in the top five of this list to own that spot. Rick Barry is no exception. Barry is synonymous with the Warriors organization.

The 1975 NBA Finals MVP, Barry had two stints with the franchise from 1965-67, and again from 1972-78. Barry averaged a career-high 35.6 points in just his 2nd NBA season, and earned an All-Star spot in each of his first 12 seasons that he played (was legally barred from playing in the ABA in 1967).

While Barry is regarded as one of the best players in NBA history, he may be best known for his underhanded free throw style. While unorthodox, he shot nearly 90 percent from the charity stripe for his career, including seven seasons shooting over the 90 percent clip.

The 2nd overall selection in the 1965 NBA Draft by the Warriors, Barry averaged 25.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 2.3 steals per game, the latter a franchise record.

To this day Barry is the 2nd leading scorer in Warrior history, and on the offensive end he could do it all. His number 24 jersey will forever hang in whatever arena the Warriors call home. There is no doubt that Rick changed the organization forever.